Marine Habitats Trashed by Litter

September 10, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

The recent search for wreckage from the crash of Air France Flight 447 off the coast of Brazil has highlighted a tragedy of a different sort: marine litter that biodegrades slowly and kills sea turtles, birds, fish, and marine mammals. Marine litter is so abundant that Brazilian authorities sounded a false alarm when they found what they thought was wreckage from the downed plane, when in fact, it was run-of-the-mill garbage.

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